Chelsea 0-1 Leicester: Tielemans screamer earns Foxes their first FA Cup trophy
Leicester City have won the FA Cup winners for the first time, thanks to Youri Tielemans’ incredible strike that earned them victory over Chelsea in Wembley stadium.
A first half played out in driving rain at Wembley Stadium hardly served up a treat for 20,000 fans with neither side registering so much as a shot on target. Jamie Vardy was twice denied by Chelsea defenders blocking his shot whilst at the other end Cesar Azpilicueta could not quite direct Thiago Silva’s delicate cross, deflected by Timo Werner, into the bottom corner.
The game’s opener proved to be worth the lengthy wait, however. Just after the hour mark Ayoze Perez managed to get in the way of a Reece James clearance. Luke Thomas moved it on and Tielemans accelerated into space, unleashing a thunderous shot into the top right corner that may rank as one of the great goals in the recent history of the FA Cup Final.
As has so often been the case this season VAR found itself at the heart of the biggest occasions, offering Leicester a well-earned helping hand in victory when it overturned what seemed to be a goal by former Fox Ben Chilwell in the 88th minute, a thrilling denounement to a match that had begun in tepid fashion.
Chelsea did not stint in their pressure late on but twice were denied by spectacular Kasper Schmeichel saves, the Dane first getting down low to block a Chilwell header before an explosive dive to his left denied Mason Mount what seemed a certain goal.
Chilwell thought he had propelled the final into extra time in the dying minutes but VAR’s intervention seemed to end Chelsea’s hopes as Leicester’s fifth FA Cup Final ended with them winning the competition for the first time in their history.
Leicester players celebrating their hard earned victory in the FA Cup finals against Chelsea at Wembley.